Murwillumbah Football Club and United Eagles played in a firey encounter this past weekend.
Murwillumbah Football Club and United Eagles played in a firey encounter this past weekend.

We're stuck in middle, says coach

MURWILLUMBAH Football Club assistant coach Jim McCarthy summed it up pretty well: “We knew we were up against it, but we didn't expect such a flogging”.

With just three victories in eight Gold Coast Soccer First Division outings, a courageous MFC took to Jim Devine Oval heavy underdogs against fourth-placed United Eagles on Saturday, and by full time it was apparent why.

Three goals against in the first half broke the back of the competition newcomers, and a further three in the second cemented their place as what McCarthy describes as a middle order club.

“In the competition this year there appears to be three tiers of clubs - top, middle and bottom,” he said.

“They are a top tier side and we are a team fighting our way through the middle.

“We set out to try and hold them defensively, but they are a quality outfit and had the better of a tough game.

“It's hard to come back against a classy team, and as we pushed forward they caught us on the break on several occasions.”

A 6-0 pummelling can often mean a one-sided training game that lacks intensity, but that certainly wasn't the case in this encounter.

“It definitely got a little heated at certain times,” McCarthy said.

Both teams finished the game with nine men, after two separate altercations forced the referee to show straight reds on four occasions.

“If I can put it diplomatically I'd say the referee didn't help, but that's not to bag him too much,” McCarthy said.

“In the first instance there was an altercation on the half-way line. Various United players ran in to interfere and ultimately two were sent along with our Jason Thatcher.

“The second was a niggly tussle between our centre-back Matthew Peate and their striker and after challenging for the ball Matt was sent.

“There were a few suggestions that there may have been Academy Award judges watching some of the performances.”

Murwillumbah will again be tested next week away against undefeated league leader Runaway Bay, with two players out on suspension.



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